Fat Adventure Club, Oregon Coast: Self Care Yurt Retreat

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Cape Lookout State Park Campground

13000 Whiskey Creek Rd.

Tillamook, OR 97141

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Join the Fat Adventure Club on the Oregon Coast for a weekend of self care and community!

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Fat Adventure Club is heading to the Oregon Coast for our 1st annual Spring Yurt Retreat! 14 of us will spend 2 nights at a beautiful campground in yurts or tents. We will enjoy some hiking, crafts, journaling/writing, salve making, campfire s’mores, games/karaoke in the evenings, meals provided (but BYOB & snacks!)

As always, our retreats are a place to focus on self care, community, body liberation and connecting to ourselves, each other and nature!

PLEASE READ THROUGH before registering for this event!

When: Friday, March 13, 2020 (after 4pm) –Sunday, March 15, 2020 (until 12pm)

Where: Cape Lookout State Park Campground, Tillamook, Oregon. About 1.5 hours drive from Portland metro area. Closest airport is PDX. We will assist with connecting folks to carpools if needed.

Who: The 1st annual Spring Yurt Retreat is organized by FGH founder, Summer who will also be leading the hike and nature walk.

Crafts & cooking by Ginamarie. More info here:

Summer Brown will be leading the writing workshop. Summer is a Black, Fat, Queer, Cisgender Woman, Parent, Therapist, Writer and Speaker. "At my best I'm doing something creative, spending time with my chosen family, wearing bright colors and eating something tasty."

Mikalina Kirkpatrick will be leading the salve making workshop. Mikalina (she/they) made mud pies in rural New York as a child and has been working casually with herbs from the earth at various times in her life ever since. She’s done a wide range of things so far throughout her life, from working at an herb shop, bookstores, natural food stores, corporate operations, professional writing, and fat liberation activism. Mikalina was the co-chair of the 2018 conference for the Association of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). These days she spends much of her time making art and healing.

Healing from and supporting others who are healing from intergenerational trauma and social injustice are foundational concerns that have run throughout her and her family’s lives.

This event is open to folks of all sizes + genders. Read the guidelines below for more info.

Dogs: Not permitted in yurts, but yes at the campsite.

Kids: Welcome to attend! All activities are kid-friendly or will have kid-friendly options.

Cost (per person): $100 to camp (3 tent spots available), $175 for floor level bed in shared yurt, $125 for top bunk (3 yurts available with beds for 3 people). Cost includes all activities and meals. Refunds are not available unless we can fill your spot.

How to Register: Please Venmo @fatgirlshiking or CashApp $sumrlovin BEFORE registering.

The weekend starts Friday evening! Arrive at the campground after 4pm to settle in & get to know everyone. We will have some light snacks, intention setting for the weekend, ice breakers, a craft for folks to work on and a campfire with s’mores! Saturday morning after breakfast we will head to a nearby hike. Saturday afternoon we will sit by the ocean for some journaling/writing prompts. Saturday evening we will have our salve making workshop. Afterward, we can play board games, do campfire karaoke, have down/quiet time or chat and socialize. Sunday morning we will have breakfast, do a short nature walk in the campground, then do some writing prompts and community takeaways before packing up.

****PLEASE NOTE****Review the information below to ensure you‘re familiar with our community guidelines:

Fat Girls Hiking a safer space for fat folks and people who live in marginalized identities. We don’t allow any weight loss talk, diet talk or body shaming at any of our events or hikes.

Kids of all ages are welcome (unless noted, typically if there are unsafe conditions that wouldn’t be good for kids, this will be noted in the event description above.)

Dogs are allowed (unless the area where the event is located doesn’t allow them, typically wildlife refuges or natural conservation areas, this will be noted in the event description.)

We are inclusive to all genders, all sizes & abilities. We love when non-fat allies show up for us!

We go at the pace of the slowest hiker with NO shame! We lead hikes from the back, so the slowest folks receive the most support from hike leaders.

We are inclusive to queer folks, transgender folks, gender non-conforming folks, feminists, fat folks, people of color & all marginalized people.

Be mindful of gender pronouns! Don’t assume someone’s pronoun by their appearance. Every hike & event starts with intros that include everyone stating their name & pronoun.

For more info read the Fat Girls Hiking mission:

Please make sure that these guidelines will meet your expectations when you are participating in the Fat Girls Hiking community in person or online.

The Yurts/Campsite/Campground: There are 3 yurts reserved for this retreat. 2 yurts are next to one another separated by 1 yurt (not reserved by us) and the other yurt is adjacent to the tent campsite we have reserved. The yurts are a short walk to bathrooms with flush toilets, sinks and showers.

Each yurt has 3 beds: The beds are made of thick sturdy wood with comfortable mattresses covered in green vinyl. There is one bunk bed (full size on bottom, twin on top) & a full size fold down futon. Please bring your own bedding and pillows. Each yurt also has: A small table with 2 armless wooden chairs, a small mirror with a shelf, a wall heater, a small covered porch (3 stairs up) and electricity.

The campsite: 3 large tents can be accommodated. Please bring any additional camping gear you may need for a comfortable stay (air mattress, sleeping pad, cot, warm sleeping bag or blankets and pillows.)

The Campground: Cape Lookout is located 1.5 hours from Portland, outside of Tillamook. The campground is a short walk to the Pacific Ocean, protected by sand dunes and cobblestone. To get to the water from the camp, walking down the cobblestones is required. Wear sturdy shoes or boots as the cobblestone can be unstable. There are bathrooms with flush toilets, sinks and showers a short walk from the yurts and campsite.

Getting There: In GPS: “Cape Lookout State Park Campground” in Tillamook, OR. It’s about 1.5hrs from Portland, and about 20 minutes outside the town of Tillamook.

If you’re interested in carpooling, please email Summer at and we will do our best to connect folks.

Accessibility info: The yurts have 3 steps to a covered porch with a standard size door. The yurt bunk beds and futons are made of sturdy thick wood. The 2 chairs in the yurts are armless wood chairs. There are ADA accessible showers a short walk on paved and dirt paths from the yurts and campsite. There are ADA gendered bathrooms with sinks (and one all gender “family” bathroom). The Day Use area has packed dirt paths (which may be muddy and uneven) and a paved parking lot. The hike to the lighthouse is a somewhat steep grade on a paved path. The hike to the Octopus Tree is packed dirt with roots, rocks and a few steps. The hike on the nature trail in the campground is packed dirt with possible rocks, roots and mud.

Crafts: You can bring your own craft projects to work on or learn how to do some of the crafts we’ve provided.

Salve Making: Mikalina will bring a large jar of organic olive oil that has been infusing with skin-soothing calendula, comfrey, plantain, and chamomile. Together we will craft a batch of salve. All participants will get to take home a 2oz tin of salve and instructions for making more when you need it.

Mikalina started making her own herbal salve in the Spring of 2016 to care for the often-irritated skin between and under her fat rolls. Engaging in the crafting and application her own salve has been a daily ritual of fat-positive body care, body reclamation, shame busting, and stigma reducing fat activism ever since. She led her first fat-positive salve-making workshop in the Spring of 2017.

Journaling/Writing: Bring a notebook and writing utensils for a few opportunities to journal/write with prompts provided + the option to share/discuss what you’ve written. We will have a writing workshop at the day use area lead by Summer Brown where we can see the ocean from a covered area (if raining) or a picnic area if clear. Bring a camp chair!

Hiking: Saturday morning we'll head to a nearby hike to Cape Mears lighthouse loop (1.6 miles, 291ft elevation gain) + an interesting old growth Sitka spruce known as the Octopus Tree (.3 miles round trip, 88ft elevation gain.)

Sunday morning we will explore the nature trail in Cape Lookout campground. The nature trail gives you a close-up view of native trees and other plants. Numbered markers are keyed to a trail guide.

Food: Meals will be cooked/prepared by Ginamarie at the campsite under a canopy. To cut down on waste, please bring your own plate, bowl, coffee mug, water bottle & eating utensils. We will have a wash bin for you to wash your own dishes. Friday night we will provide some snacks. Because folks will be arriving at differing times, we recommend eating dinner before arriving or bringing something ready to eat. Breakfasts on Saturday/Sunday will be oatmeal with toppings, cheesy eggs, sausage, croissants, fruit & coffee. Lunch is build your own deli sandwiches, chips, fruit, veggies. Dinner is camp nachos with meat, beans, nacho cheese and veggies! Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegan/veggie/gluten-free, etc). Please bring your own snacks & beverages. Alcohol is permitted but please be responsible and respectful with your consumption.

`What to Bring: Warm waterproof clothing/outerwear/footwear for outdoor activities, camp chair, bedding, your special pillow, plastic plate, bowl, cup, water bottle, eating utensils, snacks/beverages, crafts, headlamp or flashlight, board games, a notebook/pen and any other self care items you might need for the weekend. If you are camping, bring a tent, sleeping pad/air mattress/cot and bedding or sleeping bag.

Land Acknowledgement: This event takes place on the ancestral territories of the Tillamook, Nestucca and Siletz nations. Fat Girls Hiking acknowledges that we may be guests, settlers & immigrants to this land. We recognize that outdoor recreation is rooted in colonialism and commit ourselves to undoing these dynamics while we’re in community together.

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